County juggles multiple construction projects in Marshall | New

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The Marshall Streets Improvement Project at his best. Visitors to the area will find orange and white construction fences and barrels surrounding the north side of Marshall’s Main Street. Two lanes of traffic – one in each direction – remain open and the sidewalks are clear.

Last week, traffic was reconfigured east of Rectortown Road so that the traffic pattern is consistent across the region. “It’s a forehand across town,” said Anne Michael Greene, local real estate agent and vice president of Marshall Moving Forward, a nonprofit formed to help and promote businesses. “They wanted to install the cones so that the traffic pattern would stay the same no matter what part of the street they were working on. “






The north side of Main Street is under construction.




Street parking is extremely limited, but there is parking on some side streets and behind Main Street businesses. Fauquier County Deputy Administrator Erin Kozanecki said the contractor is working to provide safe temporary parking along Main Street in areas that are not under construction. It can vary from week to week, she said.

“Some of the more recent reductions in temporary parking relate to the Fauquier County Water and Sewer Authority work areas along Main Street, where they have replaced the sanitary line.” Kozanecki added.






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Sidewalks on both sides of Main Street are open to pedestrians.




“We are in the process of finding out; we manage, ”Greene said. “It’s a construction project. It’s going to be awkward, but people are helping each other.

Electricity was cut on November 8 when a truck from the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority struck a power line. “Everyone was blaming the Main Street project, but it really had nothing to do with it,” Greene said.

Marshall Moving Forward tries to minimize the pain. MMF is updating its website and Facebook page and has paid to print signs showing visitors where to park.

Status of the project






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A trench on Main Street in Marshall shows the location of a pipe bank that would later carry utility lines.




The purpose of the Main street project is to beautify Marshall’s Main Street by adding trees and lighting. Sidewalks will also be improved and widened – 12 inches on either side of the street – to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The unsightly power and communication lines that now overlook the street will be moved underground.

Preparatory work for this last part of the project is in progress. Kozanecki said “conduits banks” are being constructed in trenches along the north side of Main Street in the parking lane and on North and South Frost streets. The concrete conduit bank includes various conduits (PCB pipes); the utility lines will be supplied by the conduit during the later stages of the project. Once the concrete duct bed has cured – which can take up to three weeks – the backfill material will then be placed and tested to VDOT specifications, then the asphalt will be placed level with the existing road.






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One block of Frost Street south of Main Street is closed to traffic.




WSA

Water pipes that are uncovered as the streets are torn apart complicate the project. Some of the pipes are perhaps a century old, and the WSA only took ownership of the community’s sewage system 50 years ago and its water system only 15 years ago. As a result, many underground line maps are rudimentary at best, forcing county officials to deal with previously unknown sewer lines and water pipes as discovered during construction.






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A trench on Main Street in Marshall shows the location of a pipe bank that would later carry utility lines.




Kozanecki said, “The WSA has done a fair amount of work along Frost and Main streets over the past few weeks. Along parts of Main Street and Frost, they replaced a hitherto unknown sanitary line. Along Frost, there has been a similar unknown water line replacement, as well as a planned upgrade of their existing water lines to tie in with the improvements VanMetre is doing along Frost, beyond. from Andersen Avenue.

Ben Shoemaker, executive director of the WSA, said the Main Street project gives the WSA a chance to replace older pipes now, instead of having to tear up brand new sidewalks later if repairs are needed.






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The north side of Main Street is under construction.




Road construction near the suburban lot

Meanwhile, construction is underway to complete access to a new commuter parking lot west of town at the corner of Cunningham Farm Road and Route 55, just off I-66 , exit 27. This project is not related to the improvements to the main street.

A 41-space park-and-ride has been completed, funded by a grant from VDOT and administered by the county and VanMetre Homes, which is building a subdivision along this section of Highway 55.

Now the county is completing the project by improving Cunningham Farm Road and connecting the lot to the city via Salem Avenue. The costs of the additional improvements are shared between the State and VanMetre.

“The construction includes extending Salem Avenue from its current terminus near Washburn Place to the ultimate intersection with Cunningham Farm Drive,” said Adam Shellenberger, county planning chief.

Cunningham Farm Drive will eventually be extended beyond the Middleburg Humane Foundation, which sits on the plot adjacent to the new suburban lot, when VanMetre development is complete, Shellenberger said. Construction of the road improvements and extensions began in August 2020 and is nearing completion.

Marshall District Supervisor Mary Leigh McDaniel asked businesses and stakeholders on Main Street to “make sure we let us know of any issues or concerns so the county can respond quickly to resolve it.”






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Frost Street north of Main Street is closed to traffic.




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